TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State University and Seminole Dining have an added German flair this month.
Chef Sebastian Stallman, a Sodexo chef from Germany, is visiting Florida State University and Seminole Dining for a four-week tour of dining halls, restaurants, food trucks and more.
Stallman is part of Sodexo’s Global Chef program, where a dozen chefs travel abroad annually to the U.S. for four-week residencies. Sodexo is Seminole Dining’s food service partner. The mission of each Global Chef is to share their authentic native cuisine and culture with consumers and team members.
Stallman, 27, attended a vocational school during his teenage years and learned the culinary trade. He’s worked at a Sodexo property in Hanover, Germany, for five years and lives in Celle, Germany, a district near Hanover.
“The weather is better than in Germany,” Stallman said when asked of his first impressions of Florida State University. “In Germany in October, the weather is cold. (Here), I get one more month of summer.”
Stallman will prepare a variety of German dishes while on campus. Already, he’s served roasted pork with cabbage and bread dumplings, schnitzel and fresh-made sausage.
“We’re a food-forward program, and we feed a diverse population using local, fresh and healthy products,” said Seminole Dining Executive Culinary Director Travis Johnson, who has traveled to Europe as a Global Chef. “Having a Global Chef on campus brings a world of new flavors to our world-renowned institution.”
Johnson noted Stallman’s impact will be felt beyond his four-week residency. The German chef will train Seminole Dining chefs on German cuisines, and his recipes will be incorporated at Seminole Dining locations after he returns to Germany.
“He’s also talking about the food culture in his country,” Johnson said.
Johnson said Stallman will also learn about Florida State University culture, at such events as Seminoles’ football games and meeting students and faculty on campus during educational sessions.
“The Global Chef program is truly part of why our program is so FSUnique,” Johnson said.
During his first stop at Seminole Café, Stallman said the long line of expectant diners at his station brought him great comfort.
“I love it when I make the guests happy with my food,” Stallman said. “It is a perfect moment for me. When the guests have a smile on their face, it is beautiful.”
Seminole Dining is committed to bringing a FSUnique dining experience to all Seminoles. For more information, visit, https://seminoledining.sodexomyway.com
Sodexo USA is an American business that is part of a global, Fortune 500 company with a presence in 80 countries. Delivering more than 100 services across North America that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life, Sodexo is a leading provider of sustainable, integrated facilities management and food service operations.
It employs 123,000 Americans at 12,500 sites across the country and indirectly supports tens of thousands of additional U.S. jobs through its annual purchases of $9.2 billion in goods and services from small to large American businesses.
In support of local communities across the U.S., the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation has contributed close to $30 million over the past 20 years to help feed children in America impacted by hunger.